Words – spoken by God, spoken to God, spoken for God

Learning From God's Word

In 1 Samuel 3 and Isaiah 6, we read about words that were spoken by God, words that were spoken to God and words that were spoken for God.

In 1 Samuel 3, we begin with a young boy. He hears the Word of the Lord. The Lord is calling out to Samuel. Samuel did not choose to be the Lord’s servant. He was chosen by God. Samuel responded to God’s call. In verse 10, we have the call of God and Samuel’s response: “The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’” In verse 11, God indicates to young Samuel that something wonderful is about to happen: “And the Lord said to Samuel: ‘See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it tingle.'” Did young Samuel understand all…

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Who are we listening to? …

Learning From God's Word

“A cloud came and overshadowed them; and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!”” (Mark 9:7).

Who are we listening to? So many people have so much to say. What are we to make of it all? There is so much that fills us with anxiety. The more we hear, the more we get worried. We feel like we’re looking into a dark hole. Out of the cloud came a voice. It was the voice of the Lord our God. What does he say to us? He tells us to listen to Jesus. We’re not alone in this world. Jesus tells us that he is with us. He tells us that he loves us. Sometimes, the clouds get in the way. We can see nothing but dark clouds. This leads to dark thoughts. This is when we need to listen to the Word of the…

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We come to You, Lord, with sadness. You give us gladness.

1 Samuel 1:1-28 We come to You, Lord, with sadness. You give us gladness. How does this gladness come to us? It comes to us when we stand upon Your Word, when we believe Your promises. Our life is not controlled by our feelings - the feelings that drag us down, the feelings that pull us …

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Let us find our joy and our strength in the Lord.

1 SAMUEL  1:1-28 -  Hannah ‘wept’. Hannah ‘was no longer sad’ (7,18). What made the difference? No child had been born. She had not even conceived. These things did not happen until later (21). Why was there such a change in Hannah? She believed. God’s Word had been spoken (17). Hannah believed His Word. She …

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The story of Goliath is still with us – and God is still with us!

Learning From God's Word

“I come to you in the name of the Lord”(1 Samuel 17:45).

These words were spoken by David. They were spoken to Goliath. It seemed like David didn’t have any a chance against Goliath. The odds were stacked against David. Everything pointed to a Goliath victory – everything except this: “I come to you in the name of the Lord.” This is what made all the difference: the Lord was with David.

“I will fear no evil, for you are with me” (Psalm 23:4).

These are great words of faith. They are words for us. They are words for today. In today’s world, there is so much that stands against the way of faith. There are so many times when we need to hear and speak the words of faith. First, we hear the Word of the Lord, spoken to us. His speaking to us comes before our speaking for…

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